[pct-l] Tent vs Bivy Sack
completewalker at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 23:44:22 CST 2012
I recommend Hilleberg Ako for all season usage. I used it for 4 years.
2012/1/17 Swope Christopher <sswwooppee at gmail.com>:
> Carry a shorty pad, use your pack as insulation under your legs. I'd bring a tarp, but I guess that might depend on the kind of bivy you end up choosing. A tarp will provide a spot to cook that's not directly being rained upon even if it's not dry.
> Most bivy systems use a tarp, I think.
> On Jan 16, 2012, at 10:14 PM, Tim Gustafson <tjg at tgustafson.com> wrote:
>> So I went for a "training" trip this weekend at Henry Coe park with my
>> Eureka Solitaire tent. The tent was woefully inadequate for the cold
>> temperatures overnight - I'm not sure exactly, but I would say it got
>> down to perhaps 25 degrees or so. There was a significant
>> accumulation of ice crystals inside and outside the tent. Since it is
>> a 3-season tent, it doesn't ever "seal shut" - the tent is no-see-um
>> mesh covered with a second layer that is essentially a rain fly, but
>> since the rain fly doesn't zip shut (it stakes to the ground
>> separately from the rest of the tent), there was no good seal around
>> the perimeter of the tent and I got a constant draft through the tent
>> all night. I wound up "cocooning" myself into my sleeping bag and
>> holding closed the top as I slept.
>> So I'm thinking about perhaps purchasing something that would be more
>> suitable for 4-season use, and I was wondering if I should get a
>> 4-season backpacker tent, or maybe go for the bivy sack option. The
>> bivy sacks are way lighter than the 4-season tents I'm finding, they
>> pack smaller, and they're a lot cheaper too.
>> I'm not thrilled with the prospect of my pack and boots getting rained
>> on, but I suppose I could fix that with a waterproof pack sack, or
>> perhaps a tarp that I could erect a simple shelter for them in the
>> event of rain.
>> Does anyone have any wisdom related to using a bivy sack rather than a tent?
>> Tim Gustafson
>> tjg at tgustafson.com
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Hiro ( Yoshihiro Murakami 村上宣寛 )
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